Old Ways Herbal

Vermont Herb School, Clinical Herbalist, Plant Remedies, & Herbal Farmcraft Wisdom.

Previous Classes This Season

I teach many of these classes every year, so even if they’re not on the calendar at the moment, they probably will be next spring and summer.  These are also examples of some of the classes I am available to teach to your group, although it’s by no means an exhaustive list.  Use the contact form to discuss hosting a class off the farm.

In the Forest Classroom:

The Home Medicine Maker Course

This four-part course covers the essentials of making safe, effective herbal remedies at home for the whole family. Throughout the season, students will learn to make some of the most popular forms of herbal medicine, including tinctures, salves, honeys, syrups, and vinegars. The medicine we make as a class will be guided by the seasons, and the herbs we choose will change as the season unfolds, allowing students an in-depth understanding of the medicinal uses of a number of local plants. To aid our understanding, we will cover central principles of Western herbalism, energetics, solubility, and formulation. We will discuss growing or wildcrafting the herbs in our formulas, so students can incorporate their learning into their future herbal practice. This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level students. Participants take home the remedies made in class, as well as written information on the recipes and uses of herbs.

This course meets one Saturday a month from May through August, from 11:00 to 3:00, in our beautiful woodland classroom (and kitchen when necessary). Children are welcome, but they are their parents’ responsibility while they’re here. Work-trade is available; see the work-trade policy for details.

Dates

Principles of Home Herbalism and the Medicine of Spring Tonics, May 23

The Science of Solubility: Making Reliably Great Tinctures, June 20

The Art of Formulation: Infused Honeys & Syrups, July 18

Putting it All Together: Medicinal Oils & Salves, August 15

 

Bark Harvest Intensive

This all-day class provides a rare opportunity to experience educational wildcrafting.  We will learn to identify and harvest a selection of the following trees: willow, prickly ash, witch hazel, birch, and/or cherry, based on seasonal availability.  Wildcrafting methods and ethics will be discussed, as well as bark processing techniques and medicinal uses for your family’s health.  Participants taken home plenty of processed bark.  Please sign up early as this class tends to fill up!

October 11, 10 AM-4 PM.  Raindate: October 24.  Adults $80, Kids 12-18 $20.  This class is not appropriate for young children as we use knives and handsaws.

Free Spring Plant Walk

Join us on a calm amble to meet the medicinal weeds of spring.  We will discuss how to find them, medicinal uses, and safety concerns.  Although this event is free, please use the Contact Form at the bottom of this page to RSVP.  Thursday, May 14, 5:30-6:00 PM.

Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms: Mushroom Log Workshop

Co-taught with Certified Arborist Henry Carr, who inoculates stumps with edible and medicinal mushrooms after tree removals as a permaculture alternative to stump grinding.

Join us as we inoculate logs with Shitake and Oyster mushrooms for backyard harvest!  We will also discuss growing other edible and medicinal mushrooms.  The workshop will cover techniques for selecting and preparing logs, inoculating, overwintering, and forcing mushrooms.  Each participant will take home an inoculated log.  This is a hands-on outdoor workshop, so please dress accordingly.  Bring a cordless drill, an extra battery (if you have one), and a 5/16″ drill bit.

Saturday, May 30, 2-5 PM.  Adults $30, Kids $10.  Please use the Contact Form at the bottom of this page to register, or the general Contact Form for the site.

Four Season Tree Identification

Join Certified Arborist Henry Carr and Clinical Herbalist Juliette Abigail Carr in our forest classroom to learn how to identify trees all year long.  We will discuss techniques for identifying Vermont’s common trees of forest and field, including basic botany and using all our senses to expand our knowledge.  The group will practice on a tree ID walk.  You will leave this workshop with a solid foundation, so you can continue learning new trees as you practice.  Appropriate for beginners and intermediate students.

Sunday, July 19, 1-4 PM.  Adults $30, Kids $10.  Please use the Contact Form at the bottom of this page to register, or the general Contact Form for the site.

Medicinal Herbs in the Vegetable Garden Intensive

This all-day intensive provides an in-depth discussion of growing medicinal plants in the home garden.  We will focus particularly on using medicinals as companion plants in the vegetable garden, as well as creating microclimates for optimal cultural conditions and on spring and fall maintenance of perennials.  Other relevant topics will also be covered.

Saturday, August 1, 10 AM-4 PM.  Adults $80, Kids old enough to participate $20.

Off The Farm:

MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference 2015

I will be teaching Mother’s Medicine Chest for Nursing Moms & Babies

Come learn about herbal remedies to meet the needs of moms and babies, from the postpartum period through weaning.  We will discuss safety, methods, and herbs for a wide variety of health concerns, guided by participant interest.  Bring your questions and your experiences to share this discussion of reclaiming our mother wisdom.

October 3-4, details here

Herbstalk

I will be teaching The Art of Formulation at the Herbstalk gathering in Somerville, MA

Sunday, June 7,  Click Here for Details

Brattleboro Medicinal Herb Day

As well as dreaming up and organizing this event, I will be teaching Mushroom Medicine:

Mushrooms provide gentle medicine that acts on our bodies’ deepest layers, maintaining and restoring health throughout the physical and emotional system. Learn the medicine of local species and ways to bring them into your life, including growing them at home.

Saturday, May 2, at Solar Hill in Brattleboro, Admission by donation.  Click Here for Details

Ask an Herbalist: Herbs for Children’s Health

Free panel discussion at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Friday, April 17, 6:00-7:30  Click Here for Details

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